Flowers names Ireland as target investment country
Head of US buyout firm names Ireland and Spain as his preferrred countries for investment
J. Christopher Flowers, chairman and founder of J.C. Flowers. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
"The most interesting for us is maybe Spain followed by Ireland," he said. Spain has a "lot going on there and part of the European Union and that's appealing as an investor."
Mr Flowers moved to London from the US last year to examine investment opportunities in Europe.
His private-equity firm is a bidder for the branches of Royal Bank of Scotland Group , and agreed to buy insurance broker Fidea NV from KBC Groep NV for €243.6 million in 2011.
It has also invested in the UK's Kent Reliance Building Society in 2010.
"Europe is a source of lot of opportunities at the moment as there are many companies changing and restructuring in our business of financial services," Flowers said. The condition of the euro is also "absolutely critical to the survival of the financial-services industry," Mr Flowers said.
"The euro will survive but it's not a certainty and it's a bit like Russian roulette."
They renamed the Tokyo-based bank Shinsei before taking it public in February 2004.